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Energy for Londoners

The Mayor’s £34m Energy for Londoners programme aims to make London’s homes warm, healthy and affordable, its workplaces more energy efficient, and to supply the capital with more local clean energy. 

The energy market isn’t working for Londoners at the moment. Far too many people can’t afford to heat their homes. Energy bills are too high, old and inefficient boilers are polluting our air and homes are badly insulated. Colder homes create health problems and can even lead to early deaths. 

The Mayor’s Energy for Londoners programme is:

Making London’s homes warm, healthy and affordable

A shocking 341,000 London households live in fuel poverty. The Mayor's Fuel Poverty Action Plan sets out what we are doing to help low income Londoners heat their homes. The Mayor's fuel poverty and energy efficiency projects are:

Warmer Homes – £2.5m grant funding for heating and insulation measures that will warm the homes of fuel-poor Londoners. The scheme will target homeowners with disabilities or long-term sickness, and older people claiming eligible benefits, with up to £4,000 available per household.

Fuel Poverty Support Fund – £250,000 grant funding to the boroughs of Islington, Croydon, Kingston and Lewisham to offer advice and refer fuel-poor households to support services including income maximisation, health, and energy efficiency schemes.

RE:NEW – the Mayor’s award-winning programme to help make London’s homes more energy efficient, reducing both energy bills and carbon emissions.

Energy Leap – testing innovative ways to reduce grid energy consumption to near zero through whole-house ‘eco-refurbishments’. The pilot scheme will give up to ten homes a radical makeover involving off-site manufactured insulation panel, solar panels, heat pumps and other measures from 2018.

Switching suppliers – the Mayor is encouraging people to switch to a better energy supplier. It could potentially save Londoners hundreds on their bills or help them to buy energy from cleaner sources.

Fuel Poverty Partnership – working together with experts across the health, social and environment sectors to guide London’s work on fuel poverty.

The Mayor will also be tendering for the delivery of an energy supply company, aiming to offer fairer energy bills to Londoners.  

Making workplaces more energy efficient

Businesses and the public sector can make cost savings by making their buildings more energy efficient and using less energy. The Mayor’s workplace energy efficiency projects are:

RE:FIT London – the award-winning programme to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in London’s non-domestic public buildings through retrofitting.

Cleaner Heat Cashback - a £10m boiler scrappage scheme, helping small businesses to replace older polluting boilers with a more efficient, cleaner source of heat.

Cleaner, local energy

The Mayor wants to supply more of London’s homes and businesses with cleaner, locally produced energy. His Solar Action Plan sets out how we will maximise opportunity for solar power in London. The Mayor’s local, clean energy projects are:

London Community Energy Fund – helping community groups to develop local community power projects like putting solar panels on schools, community halls and sports centres.

Licence Lite – a new type of energy licence. In a 12-month pilot scheme, the Mayor will buy locally generated cleaner energy and use it to power Transport for London buildings.

Solar Together London – a group buying scheme for solar panels, working with boroughs to bulk-buy solar panels and sell them to Londoners at a cheaper price.

Expanding TfL’s Solar Power – through the RE:FIT London programme, TfL will install more solar panels and energy efficiency measures across its buildings.

Decentralised Energy Enabling Project – a £3.5m programme supporting boroughs to plan, develop, deliver and bring into operation larger-scale local energy projects.